I know that sometimes we can baffle people with our use of jargon and technical terms when referring to all things bathroom related. Here are some of the more commonly used words and phrases, together with a brief explanation:

• Back-to wall – this is a toilet or bidet that has been fixed directly to the wall with the pipework or cistern concealed behind the wall.
• Bar – the unit water pressure is measured in.
• Bottle trap – this sits under a basin holding water as a barrier to gasses coming back through the pipes.
• Close coupled WC – a toilet with the cistern directly behind the pan. Usually controlled with a push button.
• Mixer shower – a shower that mixes hot and cold water in a valve before it reaches the shower head.
• Mono-block mixer tap – a single tap mixing water from both the hot and cold supplies.
• Pedestal basin – a sink sitting on top of a column or pedestal.
• Pillar taps – traditional separate hot and cold taps.
• Pop-up waste – with this type of plughole the plug cover lifts out via a lever connected to the back of the tap.
• Rainforest shower – this type of shower has a large head spreading water over a wide area.
• Snagging – a term used to describe any items or issues outstanding at the end of a job. The client will usually compile a list which the workman will complete to formally finish the job.
• Thermostatic shower – a mixer shower with pre-set thermostat that detects changes in water temperature to adjust it accordingly.
• Vanity unit – comprising a cupboard or shelved unit under a basin.

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